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Next GOP Target: Planned Parenthood

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Posted on Mar 22, 2011
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Protesters point out Planned Parenthood’s other health services at a New York City rally in February.

Congressional Republicans have yet another “liberal” target on their short list, looking to take down Planned Parenthood with tactics similar to those they’ve used to go after NPR—i.e., hit ’em in the wallet. Problem is, their strategy gets a bit confused when it comes to the reproductive health organization, as they’re conflating, well, reproductive health with abortion and thus threatening to cut off funds that would go toward family planning, contraception and other services apart from abortion. Wouldn’t be the first time.  —KA


The Title X Family Planning program, established in 1970 with bipartisan support in Congress and signed into law by President Nixon, has been largely noncontroversial.

It makes no funds available for abortion, and focuses on what Nixon characterized as the premise that “no American woman should be denied access to family planning assistance because of her economic condition.”

But funding for Title X, which serves more than 5 million men and women annually, is on House Republicans’ chopping block.

Supporters of defunding have characterized it as an effort to strip funds from Planned Parenthood and other organizations that use other funds to provide legal abortions, without singling out any particular group. The House in February voted 240-185 to defund Title X in the current budget year.

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By Jim Yell, March 24, 2011 at 10:57 am Link to this comment
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How a group can call themselves “Pro-Life” when their actions show they do not protect life or have no respect for life, I just have trouble in dealing with the hypocrisy. They want to force women to carry pregnancy to term no matter the circumstance, no matter. In the next breath they want no responsibility for educating children, for feeding them, for seeing them thru bad health and accident. They in fact want to create the kind of poverty where children are forced to labor like adults and and be maluable for abuse. The Republicans and Republocrats are creepy. There are other words for them, but perhaps better left unsaid.

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By purplewolf, March 23, 2011 at 9:49 pm Link to this comment

TDoff: They are not mistakes, THEY WERE/ARE ACCIDENTS,the rubber broke.

as for the Viagra coverage, they should cut, snip or bobbit that too. You can take the meaning more than one way.

Calling Lorena Bobbit, your patient is ready for your.

For the party that wants the wages for working Americans to be less than $2/hr, no health care if you are poor, as John Boehner states that health care is NOT a right. Ships our remaining jobs over seas, claims that all life is sacred and that they have to protect it no matter what to the point of trying to put women to death if they have a miscarriage-see Bobby Franklin-Repug,Georgia-and that all pregnancies that end in miscarriage be investigated by local police and/or the FBI as a pre-natal murder or homicide.And also there is talk from the GOP/T.P.ers, that if a woman produces a defective child, charges may also be taken against her, even though they want to force every pregnancy to birth, Yes, we see just how important making certain that women can afford and have adequate care when pregnant is to these insane policy makers.

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By susanc, March 23, 2011 at 2:33 pm Link to this comment
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Let’s cut all Viagra copays and reimbursements!

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By call me roy, March 22, 2011 at 8:37 pm Link to this comment

Air America: Fling
Van Jones: Fling
ACORN: Fling
The Socialist Unions: Fling
Planned Parenthood: Fling
NPR: Fling

Wow, this is fun

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By Queenie, March 22, 2011 at 8:33 pm Link to this comment

Read Margaret Atwood’s book, “The Handmaid’s Tale” to understand just what the insane right-wing has in mind for women. Total control. Taliban type justice.

And, it’s not just Repukes. The Dims have aided and abetted the “War on Womankind” by their complete and utter silence on the right’s of women across this country. And many Dims agree and support ending a woman’s right to make personal choices.

Impeach Obama.

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By Hellbender712, March 22, 2011 at 6:33 pm Link to this comment

The noble work of Margaret Sanger must go on. The culling of undesirable people must continue at all costs.

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By TDoff, March 22, 2011 at 4:34 pm Link to this comment

Of course the GOPers are against Planned Parenthood. t

Which makes sense. They are just following their family traditions. Looking at their potential slate of candidates for 2012, it’s obvious that 99% of them must be mistakes, the result of unplanned parenthood.

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